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NRO editorial says Gingrich inspires backers … and opposition.

A new NRO editorial, "Hour of Newt," says, "For Republicans to choose Gingrich . . . would be a gamble, with everything from the Supreme Court to Obamacare to our nation’s alliances riding on the outcome."

It can be found on National Review Online at


Hour of Newt

By The Editors

South Carolina Republicans delivered what former president George W. Bush once called a “thumpin’” to Mitt Romney. Republicans have too many misgivings about Romney — misgivings we share — to give him a shortcut to the nomination. He will have to earn it, if he can. So far he has been content to deliver lifeless platitudes, apparently under the impression that saying he “believes in America” is the way to clinch an argument rather than begin or summarize one. Instead of projecting strength, he has wilted under challenge. For a while there, his position on releasing tax returns was starting to look as convoluted as the tax code itself. He has done little to persuade conservative voters that he will fight for our priorities.

But attention must now turn to South Carolina’s big winner, Newt Gingrich. If the question before South Carolinians was whether to declare the nomination contest over by choosing Romney, the question before Floridians is whether to make Gingrich the front-runner. Romney is now running a sharply negative campaign in order to capitalize on this distinction. Since neither Gingrich nor Romney can make the case that he is a purebred conservative or a world-beating political talent, both are now essentially relying on a negative argument: The other guy is unreliable and unelectable. There is enough truth in both indictments to explain the continued appeal of other candidates’ joining the race.

Among the present candidates, we continue to prefer Romney and Rick Santorum over Gingrich and Ron Paul. Our opposition to Paul is based on our disagreement with a foreign policy based on what we consider a dangerously naïve and narrow conception of U.S. interests. Our opposition to Gingrich, by contrast, is not based on any philosophical disagreement. Among Gingrich, Romney, and Santorum, we find only minor ideological differences. None has been a consistent small-government conservative in office; all are running on conservative, and similar, platforms this year.

Thus it seems to us that the key question is which candidate can best make that platform a reality by first beating Obama and then governing successfully. Exit polls suggest that South Carolina Republicans considered Gingrich the most electable candidate. He argues that he would make the strongest Republican nominee because he would be able to beat Obama in debates — a claim that his strong performance in the Republican debates so far reinforces.

Gingrich’s best moments in the debates have come when he has hammered the press for liberalism and triviality. Republicans have responded positively, in part because they think, as we do, that the mainstream media has had too much influence over the Republican nomination contest because of all of these media-sponsored debates. The general election will be very different. It is unlikely that the debates will be as numerous or will matter as much; they rarely do.

The public at large dislikes the media too, but not with the same intensity that conservatives do: Gingrich as nominee would have to train his fire on Obama, who will be able to fight back as John King could not. Nor will the public at large be as impressed by Gingrich’s willingness to attack Obama as a clueless radical as Republicans are. (If voters decide in 2012 to reward the most slashing or sardonic debater before them with the presidency, it will be a first.) When Republicans found themselves in tight spots during the Reagan presidency, they waited for their leader to give a speech to show them the way forward and rally the troops. When Gingrich was Speaker, Republicans never sought him to intervene in legislative debates to turn the tide.

There is much more to general elections than debates, and there is much more to the presidency than giving speeches. On an intellectual level Gingrich knows this, but he has little experience either in contesting elections with large numbers of voters of varying views or in running large organizations. Romney has executive experience, unlike Gingrich or Santorum, and in past elections voters have seemed to value that experience. But at least Santorum, like Romney, has been elected to statewide office before, and like Romney has shown himself able to reach beyond the Republican base in doing so. Santorum’s record in this regard beats Romney’s, since Santorum won statewide in Pennsylvania twice. Only Gingrich has never been elected to office from anything larger than a congressional district; only Gingrich has never had to reach beyond the Republican base vote to win an election.

Gingrich has been a nationally known figure for a long time: when the economy was booming and when it has been in a slump; when Republicans were on top and when the public disliked them; when the national mood was sunny and when it was sour. Amid all the tumult of the last 18 years there has been this constant: Gingrich has never been popular. Polls have never shown more than 43 percent of the public viewing him favorably at any point in his career. Gingrich backers say that he is inspiring. What he mostly seems to inspire is opposition.

It should go without saying that Gingrich also offers more material than the other candidates for Democrats to drive his numbers in the wrong direction. Any Republican nominee will draw criticism for being too biased toward the rich. Not every Republican nominee will be attacked for cruelty in his personal life.

None of these candidates can be guaranteed to beat Obama (or run a successful White House), and under the right circumstances any of them could. For Republicans to choose Gingrich, though, would be a gamble, with everything from the Supreme Court to Obamacare to our nation’s alliances riding on the outcome.


ALG urges House Republicans to reject any tax increase from Supercommittee 

Nov. 9, 2011, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today in a letter urged House Republicans to reject any tax increase deal that may come from the so-called congressional Supercommittee.

"The American people are deeply concerned that a gargantuan tax increase will be included in that proposal," Wilson wrote. 

He is encouraging members to sign a Republican Study Committee letter against more taxes so that "members of the Joint Select Committee understand that any tax increase will be dead on arrival in the House of Representatives."

"We don't have a problem that we tax too little, we have a problem that we spend too much," Wilson wrote, noting that since 2007, spending has increased $1.043 trillion, but that revenues had only dropped $393 billion "[w]ith tax rates essentially the same," accounting for an aggregate $1.436 trillion increase in the deficit since then.

"That means 72.6 percent of the problem is too much spending, and at least 72.6 percent of the solution must be dramatic spending reductions. The other 27.4 percent of the solution then must entail economic growth, job creation and encouraging investment here in America," he wrote.


Letter to House Republicans, Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson, Nov. 7, 2011 at 11-7-11.pdf .


Statement of NHDP Chair Ray Buckley on Florida Republican's Disregard for Primary Calendar 

Concord, NH - New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement on the Florida Republicans' decision to shift their primary date in violation of the approved calendar and force New Hampshire's first in the nation primary closer to the holiday season.

"It is appalling that Republican leaders in some states are not planning to adhere to the agreed upon calendar for the presidential contest. Unfortunately New Hampshire Republican Party Chairs Jack Kimball and Wayne McDonald, Senator Kelly Ayotte, and Congressmen Bass and Guinta have remained silent for months while their Republican colleagues in other states have been forcing our New Hampshire primary closer and closer to the winter holidays.  Now, New Hampshire voters will undoubtedly be hounded by Republican presidential wannabes as they try to spend time with their families this winter."


NHDP - First In The Nation News 8/29/2011

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Concord Monitor: Party activists prod Romney
Boston Globe: Romney greeted by 10 protesters in N.H.
Fosters: Romney: Tea Party would support my candidacy 
Union Leader editorial: The 10th Amendment: Romney's weak argument 
Union Leader: Joe McQuaid's Publisher Notes [on Romney] 
Concord Monitor columnist: Don't you feel sorry for Mitt?
Union Leader (via McClatchy): Can Perry's blue-collar background overcome his Texas roots in NH? 
Fosters editorial: Rick Perry: A work in progress
Concord Monitor: Perry has a way with words
Valley News editorial: The 'Miracle' Worker But Is He Electable?
Union Leader (via Politico): Perry woos K Street and Wall Street
Citizen: Presidential candidate Ron Paul outlines platform 
Concord Monitor: Gingrich: Blame 'snob' effect 
Concord Monitor: Fred Karger makes appearance at Friendly Kitchen fundraiser
Concord Monitor: Johnson mingles in Concord
Concord Monitor: Who's bleeping mad about the next debate? [Roemer] 
Union Leader (via Politico): GOP candidates duck and cover on Libya

Eagle Tribune: T-shirts, datebooks and more from the GOP trail

State News & Views


Concord Monitor editorial: Extend the payroll tax to create jobs
Union LeaderGOP Chair Kimball says he will not resign   

Union Leader: Lamontagne indicates he'll soon announce run for governor   

Concord Monitor: Budget cuts threaten funds for needy

Keene Sentinel: Local students feel the tuition squeeze

NHPR: Shaheen visits Afghanistan 

Fosters editorial: "Voters have a right to know - and a need to know - who is financing political campaigns. Such information can be very telling."

Keene Sentinel editorial: Jack Kimball isn't the only thing Granite State Republicans have to worry about

Keene Sentinel: Bass gets earful at Nashua event






Sen. Reid Capitulates on FAA Shutdown

FAA Shutdown to End with Deal, Harry Reid Says


Scott Wong and Joseph Williams

August 4, 2011

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that House and Senate leaders have brokered a “bipartisan compromise” over Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization, ending — if only temporarily — a two-week standoff that had sidelined 74,000 federal employees and airport construction workers and cost the government tens of millions of dollars in uncollected airline ticket surcharges.

“This agreement does not resolve the important differences that still remain,” Reid said in a statement announcing the deal. “But I believe we should keep Americans working while Congress settles its differences, and this agreement will do exactly that.”

Under the arrangement, the Democratic-controlled Senate will pass by unanimous consent a bill that the Republican House passed months ago that temporarily allows the FAA to conduct its business and slashes $16 million from the budget for subsidies paid to rural airports. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will then use his authority to waive the subsidy reduction.

The subsidy cuts had been approved by the House in July but had become a sticking point for Senate Democrats, who saw them as a Republican tactic in service of a larger goal: forcing Democrats to accept anti-union language that had been included in a long-term FAA reauthorization bill the House had approved weeks ago.The language strips away a National Mediation Board ruling that makes it easier to organize airline industry employees

“This is a tremendous victory for American workers everywhere,” LaHood said in a statement. From construction workers to our FAA employees, they will have the security of knowing they are going to go back to work and get a paycheck - and that’s what we’ve been fighting for. We have the best aviation system in the world and we intend to keep it that way.”

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